For years, Maggie's mother Madje was coping with Alzheimer's disease. It was tough transition, from fierce independence to uncertainty in the world of assisted-living facilities.

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Introducing Maggie Steber: Madje Has Dementia


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Maggie Steber

For years, Maggie’s mother Madje was coping with Alzheimer’s disease. It was tough transition, from fierce independence to uncertainty in the world of assisted-living facilities.


Introducing Donna Ferrato


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Donna Ferrato

Donna Ferrato is an internationally-known documentary photographer. Her gifts for exploration, illumination, and documentation coupled with a commitment to revealing the darker sides of humanity, have made her a giant in the medium.


Introducing Darcy Padilla: The Julie Project


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Darcy Padilla

Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA) is proud to be announcing the addition of three new photographers joining our team. Donna Ferrato, Darcy Padilla, and Maggie Steber live in New York, San Francisco, and Miami respectively, and all have longstanding commitment to the finest traditions of photojournalism and Concerned Photography.


Land Bound in the Ozarks


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Lucian Perkins

Lucian Perkins and Darcy Courteau journeyed through rural Arkansas, long held in the American consciousness as backward and unsophisticated. Instead it’s a land populated with imaginative dreamers hanging on to self-sufficient country life.


A Living Wage


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Andrew Lichtenstein

Andrew Lichtenstein on the struggle to unionize car wash workers in New York City.


In the Wake of Hurricane Sandy 2012


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Alan Chin, Andrew Lichtenstein

From the heart of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation three Facing Change photographers – Alan Chin, and Andrew Lichtenstein – relate their stories in the wake of the one of the most devastating storms ever to strike the eastern seaboard. Alan Chin Staten Island, New York, November 2, 2012 The Forster family unwinds after a long day [...]


Hurricane Sandy by FCDA Photographers


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Alan Chin and Andrew Lichtenstein

In the immediate aftermath of hurricane Sandy, one of the most devastating storms ever to strike the eastern seaboard, three FCDA photographers – Alan Chin and Andrew Lichtenstein – fanned out across the New York City area to capture scenes of the city in crisis. Chin was on hand as firefighters battled blazes in Breezy [...]


Brownout in the Electric City


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Alan Chin

Scranton, Pennsylvania almost went bankrupt this summer when the city had less than $5000 left in its accounts. Hundreds of municipal employees, including the mayor and the police and fire departments, went on minimum wage.


An American Place


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Andrew Lichtenstein

Andrew Lichtenstein returns to Nebraska in drought, photographing an American Place.


The Political Theater Of The Absurd


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Lucian Perkins

Lucian Perkins photographs the political theater of the absurd at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions this year.


Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform 2012


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Lucian Perkins

June 28, 2012 On the last day of the Supreme Court’s term for this year, everybody in Washington DC knew that its ruling would be announced on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), as the national health care reform law is officially known. So an hour before the Supreme Court [...]


Wisconsin Recall 2012


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Andrew Lichtenstein, Carlos Javier Ortiz

On Tuesday, June 5, Republican Governor Scott Walker held onto his seat in Wisconsin’s special recall election, beating his Democratic challenger Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee. With 53% of the vote, it was a comfortable victory. Facing Change photographers Andrew Lichtenstein and Carlos Javier Ortiz share their images and observations: Protesters crowding the Capitol grounds [...]


Memorial Day 2012


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David Burnett

More than one spectator, fond of this old industrial city which has had its trials the past three decades, said “this is the best parade we’ve had here in 20 years.” The turnout was solid, from high school marching bands to fire departments, police, civic and religious organizations; all of it led by a band [...]


Chicago’s NATO Protest 2012


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Carlos Javier Ortiz and Alan Chin

Chicago police and protesters clashed at demonstrations against the NATO war in Afghanistan, marring otherwise peaceful gatherings.


Occupy May Day 2012


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Facing Change

Facing Change documents May Day Occupy rallies and marches in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, and Oakland as tens of thousands of people took to the streets.


Heavy Metal: America’s Tank Factory


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Alan Chin

Lima, Ohio, is home to the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (Lima Army Tank Plant) which is the only heavy armored tank factory in the United States. They build and refurbish Abrams tanks, Stryker armored personnel carriers, and other weapons systems.


A Mother’s Fight Against Childhood Obesity


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Lucian Perkins

Sonya Branch-Johnson remembers a visit to her doctor and watched as he wrote “obese” on her chart. It was a wake-up call. One third of Americans are obese, a dramatic increase over the last twenty years.


Occupy DC Eviction 2012


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Lucian Perkins

Early Saturday morning in Washington DC, the police raided the OccupyDC encampment in McPherson Square, two blocks from the White House.


Flat Liners: Life on Oakland Streets 2012


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Stanley Greene

Stanley Greene walked the streets of Oakland, California for nearly two weeks photographing the realities, the dramas, the desolation, and finding a sense of separateness.


The Caucuses and the Circus 2012


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Danny Wilcox Frazier

It’s long hours and stress, but I enjoy the theater and the quirky aspects in addition to the importance of covering the presidential election. I do want to demystify the political process with my photographs, to show what the process is like. It’s not all polish, and I like to travel around the edges.


Migrant Workers in Illinois and North Carolina


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Carlos Javier Ortiz

Carlos Javier Ortiz documents Mexican migrant workers in the fields of Illinois and North Carolina. He says: “I remember being a kid and watching old black-and-white footage of migrant workers picking fruits and vegetables and working the fields…”


A Future for Homeless Children 2011


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Lucian Perkins

Homeless families are increasing at an alarming rate in the United States, with profound effects on millions of American children. One in fifty children experiences homelessness in America each year, according to a recent study by the National Center on Family Homelessness. Nearly half of those children are under the age of six – the most vulnerable group of all.




Landscapes of American History


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Andrew Lichtenstein

These images are the third, and final, set for FCDA from the self-titled ‘American History Series’.


The Badlands of South Dakota


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Danny Wilcox Frazier

The Badlands of South Dakota are one of the most economically depressed regions in the United States. Though surrounded by commonplace social strife as a result, rich traditional culture survives, since much of the Badlands are part of the Pine Ridge Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota. Once led by the legendary war chief Crazy Horse, Pine Ridge is also where some 300 men, women, and children were slaughtered by the 7th Calvary at the Massacre of Wounded Knee in 1890, the tragic end to the Indian Wars.


Losing A Generation “Too Young To Die” 2011


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Carlos Javier Ortiz

A war is underway in the United States today, with the nation’s youth suffering its most devastating consequences. It is an undeclared war, but it is as real and savage as any of the wars that claim the lives of soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. The casualties of this war come from a thousand bloody battles being waged nightly on the neighborhood streets of cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, Memphis, and Los Angeles.


The Battle For Blair Mountain 2011


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Andrew Lichtenstein

Environmental activists opposed to mountain top removal lead a fifty mile march to Blair Mountain in an effort to stop plans to strip mine the area. The march route followed the same one taken ninety years ago, in 1921, when union coal miners attempting to rescue fellow workers who were being terrorized by company gun men, marched through the mountains of southern West Virginia.


Ground Zero and the Killing of Osama Bin Laden


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Alan Chin

More than 56 million Americans watched on live television as President Obama announced the killing of Osama Bin Laden by a commando raid in Pakistan. Within minutes, people started gathering at the World Trade Center site, Ground Zero.


Federal Shutdown Avoided 2011


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Lucian Perkins

After weeks of contentious negotiations between the House and the Senate, a deal was reached to avert a shutdown of the Federal government within an hour of the midnight deadline on Friday April 8.


An American Landscape: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War


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Andrew Lichtenstein

An American Landscape: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War On April 12th, 1861, the first shots of America’s Civil War were fired when Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. 150 years is a lot of time, especially for a nation where many citizens’ grandparents had not even arrived yet. And then [...]


Madison Protests 2011


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Carlos Javier Ortiz

As the streets of Madison, Wisconsin and inside the capitol fill with protesters the country’s eyes are glued to the high emotions that started last Tuesday.


The New Americans


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Andrew Lichtenstein

While the nation continues to focus on illegal immigration as a controversial political issue, every Friday in New York City alone, approximately five hundred people become new American citizens.


A Detroit Requiem 2010


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Danny Wilcox Frazier

Detroit … the word alone incites many emotions within America’s conscience. Detroit was the epicenter for economic equality in the U.S., the home front for the ideal of well paying jobs for the masses and a political force behind a strong middle class.


Christmas in Central Texas 2010


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Lucian Perkins

In December, I photographed the many ways that people decorate their lawns, fences and towns to celebrate the Christmas season. For some it’s a Santa Claus and reindeer; for others, it’s a wreath, a “Peace on Earth” sign, or fireworks; for others still, it’s angels or a crèche. All of this offers a hint to [...]


Moving America Forward 2010


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Carlos Javier Ortiz

People attend a rally “Moving America Forward” for Democratic candidates as the November elections come to a close. President Barack Obama.


BP Gulf Oil Spill 2010


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Alan Chin / Facing Change for Empreinte Digitale and French TV

My heart sank when BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil well burned and sank, unleashing the biggest oil spill in our country’s history.


Obesity, Washington DC 2010


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Lucian Perkins / Facing Change for Empreinte Digitale and French TV

My long-term project on obesity begins here in Washington DC, partly because a manipulation in the country’s original laws and institutions has contributed to the epidemic.


American History Project 2010


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Andrew Lichtenstein

I’m working on a series of landscape photographs that deal with American history. With a camera, I’m interested in exploring Americans’ relationship with their own history.


Katrina Then And Now 2010


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Alan Chin

Revisiting the same places in New Orleans, five years after the storm. So much remains to be rebuilt, yet that may never happen.


Katrina Five Years 2010


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Stanley Greene

Stanley Greene returns to New Orleans for the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.


Arizona Immigration Bill 2010


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Carlos Javier Ortiz

Controversy over the Arizona Immigration Bill, which would require police to determine the status of people they stopped and suspected were in the country illegally.


Changing Landscapes


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Carlos Javier Ortiz

American Landscapes


Remote Area Medical Serves a Rural Virginia Community 2010


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Lucian Perkins

Stan Brock, founder of Remote Area Medical, piloted his DC-3 into Wise, Virginia, to lead a free medical clinic supported by hundreds of volunteer doctors, dentist, nurses, students and other health professionals. Nearly 3,000 people showed up for medical needs at the three-day clinic. “I just look at these people and I hurt,” said volunteer [...]


Combating Violence 2010


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Carlos Javier Ortiz

Pastor Phil Jackson walks the streets with his young church members who volunteer to talk to teens and young men on the west side of Chicago.


Workers Day March Turns Anti-Arizona Immigration Event 2010


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Carlos Javier Ortiz

An annual Workers Day march in Chicago turned into an anti-Arizona event as participants railed against that state’s new immigration law.


Chicago Housing Projects 2009


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Carlos Javier Ortiz

In 2009 President Barack Obama allocated $13.6 billion to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for affordable housing and community development.


Robeson High 50-50 2008


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Carlos Javier Ortiz

Students at Robeson High live in one of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods, Englewood. It is also one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city with a median income of $18,955.


Las Vegas Boom and Bust


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David Burnett

Las Vegas, Nevada April 2008 Tourists decide where to go next on the Las Vegas Strip, famed for its hotels, casinos, and resorts.


The Deep South


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Alan Chin

Change comes slowly, or seemingly not at all in these overlooked communities. In much of the Deep South, history hangs heavy.


Too Young to Die


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Carlos Javier Ortiz

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania Nearly seven years to the day that Fakhur Uddin came to America from Bangladesh, he was slain and found bound with duct tape and string, shot in the head, and left in the back room of the East Germantown gift and sundry store that he was minding for his ailing father. Here, [...]


The Gulf Coast


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Stanley Greene

New Orleans, Louisiana September 2005 Hurricane Katrina an Unnatural Disaster, Ninth Ward under water.


Crystal’s Struggle


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Lucian Perkins

Washington, DC USA 1992 Born with a disease that destroyed her intestines, one-year-old Crystal needed a liver and intestine transplant in order to survive. But the operation would cost at least $500,000 and her insurance would not pay for it. As her mother, Bridgette, and doctors tried to find ways to pay for the operation, [...]


Driftless


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Danny Wilcox Frazier

South Dakota John Neumann spends the afternoon working on his pickup truck. Neumann, a horse and cattle rancher, endured eight-straight years of draught in southwestern South Dakota, only to be challenged by high fuel costs once the rainfall improved in 2008.


Never Coming Home


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Andrew Lichtenstein

Hughson, California March 22, 2006 A Marine honor guard practices carrying the casket before the military funeral of Bunny Long, who was killed in Anbar Province, Iraq, on March 10th, 2006.




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